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Symposium on Public Policy for Nonprofits - REPORTS

Independent Sector and ARNOVA have partnered on organizing an annual Policy Symposium to advance research on nonprofit and voluntary action and philanthropy policy. This has been a great partnership we plan to continue, bringing together researchers and practice leaders to discuss the latest research around various policy areas of interest to the field.

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2022 Symposium



Why & How of Civic Engagement: Legal, practical, and equitable pathways for nonprofit civic engagement in elections and democratic participation

September 17, 2021 | Convened Virtually


Toward an Index of a Healthy, U.S. Nonprofit Sector

October 25-27, 2017 | IS’ Annual conference in Detroit


Symposium on the
Intersection of Politics, Policy, and Nonprofits

May 18, 2020 | Convened Virtually





Nonprofits in Public Policy: Challenges and Opportunities

November 15, 2015 | Washington D.C.


Public policy agenda for the 2020 election

July 29, 2019 | Washington D.C.






Fourth Annual Symposium on
Public Policy for Nonprofits

May 13, 2015 | Washington D.C.


Nonprofits in Public Policy: Challenges and Opportunities

December 10, 2018 | Washington D.C.




Finances for nonprofits and public policy

November, 2014 | Hartford, Connecticut

About Independent Sector

Independent Sector (IS) advocates for public policies that impact the charitable sector, builds knowledge on behalf of the sector, and connects organizations and leaders within the sector. The Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) is a diverse community of scholars, educators, and practice leaders who work to strengthen the field of charity, nonprofit and philanthropic research to improve civil society and human life. Clearly, our two organizations have a lot in common! This is why it makes so much sense to collaborate.


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